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Here is an alternative thought, which might have to go in a different thread.
How about an improvisation task each month?
For example, here is a Blues backing track in the key of E:
The task would be to improvise around the particular backing track. This one played on an A harp in second position - i.e. With draw two as the home note. Or any other position if it is in the key of E, e.g. Fourth position on an, well, I can't think of that particular harp at the moment, but you get the idea.
Us blues players have a month to develop an improvisation on or around this backing track.
A task For those of use who want to develop our improvisation skills.
Then each month we nominate either a different key, or same key and different backing track, freely available on YouTube by searching 'blues backing track' in the key of X.
There may be an issue regarding available harps, so we could always choose the key which most of those willing to have a go have.
Thanks, it supposed to sound like "Deck the Halls" I tried to work in a few different things but kind of settled on that one.
Working on a chromatic version but haven't quite got it together yet.
( my wife and I recorded another tune yesterday but it was only an audio, I think we will redo it as a video)
Yes, it works great this time! Really nice tone! Your harmonica sounds super. And congrats on getting the tune in--you're right under the wire. Hey, either you or I have Christmas on the brain because some of your improv is really sounding like "Deck the Halls" to me.
Hi, Spideryak. Maybe this is just me, but that link seems to take me to my own Google Drive account. You may need a different link or if it's a sound file, you could try posting it to Sound Cloud. It's basically like YouTube for audio files. Can't wait to hear it!
I did purchase it & it seems quite good, however, I haven't read it yet, just some of the first chapters.
Here's a version of the Freight Song...I don't think I've played it the same way each time, so I try some different things some work a bit better than others..it's a nice fun melody..I took some liberties with it. i must admit.
..deck the halls...
Keith..looks like a very comprehensive book on the chromatic...need to add it to my wish list..thanks for posting. Have you purchased it and if so your thoughts on it?
I had thought of suggesting a video/audio topic in the main forum, but didn't as it would duplicate what is already available. I thinks I will just carry on doing as I am and adding comments after the video is linked.
I call myself harpdoctor because I like to strip harmonicas down and get them working right again. This is just a hobby, but I have bought quite a few used ones. With experience, I have become very picky, but I own at least 10 chromatics,and have not paid new price for any of them. They are all hohner except a huang in A, and i am getting tired of sticky valves. By the way, the best cleaning method I have found is soak the parts in polydent (not the valves of course), it gets everything off.
Anyway, I'll let you know how I make out with this one., Thanks for your info though.
Hi again, I don't' think I would buy one 2nd hand,unless I knew where it came from.I would then look at the mouth piece to see if the chrome colouring had removed and was brassy looking,this would indicate that it had been heavily used.I would then play all three octaves IE:- Doh,Ray Me Fah So Lah Tee Doh,and then do the same holding the slide in, in order to check the tone.If everything seems to be in tune,I would then be inclined to strip it down and clean the moving parts of the mouthpiece in hot water,and then put them in the Fridge for half an hour.Fortunately mine was new and I bid £90 for it which I thought was a bargain.
If everything seems OK with yours,I would say you have had a bargain too.I believe they are around £150. By the way,all I do is play all the oldies..Eric33.
I have had one for about the last 6 months,and I can honestly say it is the most receptive harmonica I have ever had and I have been playing Chromatics for a number of years.The one I have is in the key of "C".It is the most airtight one as well. I would now like one in "G" and "F".I have 5 16 hole, and 5 12 hole Chromatics as well. But when I go out playing I always use the Suzuki SCX-48.
Does that answer your question.Keep puffing.Eric33.
Looking at a SUZUKI CHROMATIX SCX-48. Anybody in the club had experience with this chromatic? I want it to play pop and oldies mostly.
Okay, so I bought it. Off ebay, supposed to be pristine and I got it for $100 US including shipping. Find out next week how I did.
This might give you an idea of how it sounds,